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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2017

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Deb Young
Lawrence, KS

Mrs. Deborah Young, 59, is a survivor and an educator! Deb has been through some challenging times in her life, but has not let that stop her from being independent and achieving her goals. Deb is a breast cancer survivor and was also in an accident in October of 2013 that caused her disability. Because of the accident, Deb is an amputee and also has nerve damage in her hand. She has not let these challenges hold her back. Prior to her accident, Deb obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from Truman State, a Master’s degree in Special Education- Behavior Disorders from Emporia State, a Master’s degree in Special Education- Transition from the University of Kansas, and an EdS degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State. She previously worked as an elementary teacher in USD 497; a director at a center based middle school in the Blue Valley district; and as a Special Education teacher, Assistant Special Education director, and principal for psychiatric facilities while employed with Greenbush for nine years. Deb currently lives in Lawrence and volunteers in several elementary schools in USD 497. She is a member of the Special Education Advisory Council and even won a Service Award from this group. Deb also serves on the Board of Directors for Independence, Inc. She is married, has two children, and describes herself as family-oriented. Deb is also a Jayhawk fan and describes herself as determined, organized, resilient, patient, and loving/nurturing. She is passionate about independence and says that her personal goal is to become as independent as possible. Not only that, but she strives to educate others that a disability does not take away from a person’s independence.

"Disability Does Not Promote Dependence"

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Deb's Upcoming Appearances:

Date TBD: To be determined

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Deb in the Media

"Ms. Wheelchair Kansas pageant empowers local women with disabilities"
WIBW Channel 13, March 19, 2017

"Miss. Wheelchair Kansas crowned in Lawrence"
KSNT Channel 27, March 19, 2017

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Last Updated: 3-26-17
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